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Apr 2018


San Diego Convention Center 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego , California 92101
Tel: (619) 525-5000
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90th Annual AAAE Conference & Exposition - American Association Of Airport Executives






$295 - $2,075


Event Overview:

90 years of defining the future - The AIRPORT INDUSTRY’S LONGEST RUNNING TRADE SHOW in the world!

AAAE and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority invite you to exhibit and sponsor at the airport industry’s premier conference and exposition.

The 90th Annual AAAE Conference & Exposition offers unparalleled opportunities to brand your company as the elite in your field. Your company will be seen by 2,000 airport and aviation professionals in attendance, plus pre and post conference coverage reaches airport professionals at 850 large, medium and small hub airports; FAA/DHS/TSA personnel; and policy makers on Capitol Hill! The most successful companies in airports today exhibit and sponsor every year because they understand that airports support the companies that support the airport industry.

Conference Program

The Annual AAAE Conference and Exposition offers brand new education sessions in a variety of formats, all designed to give you ideas and materials you can take straight back to your airport and use.

You'll also get the chance to network with thousands of your peers, while visiting over 200 exhibit booths featuring innovative products and services, including highlighted products in our always impressive Innovation Theater.

We have some exciting things planned for 2018, so you won't want to miss this conference!

Exhibitor Information:


The AAAE annual conference attracts 2,000 airport and aviation professionals, from some 850 large, medium, and small hub airports including airport executives; airport and aviation suppliers and vendors; airline personnel; and representatives from FAA, TSA and DHS. As an exhibitor, you will have the chance to showcase your products and services to these attendees, 97% of which have the authority to buy or recommend products and services.

About AAAE:

Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization for airport executives, representing thousands of airport management personnel at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support airports. AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C. and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities including training, meetings and conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

Innovation is more than inventions. It’s thoughts, processes, little changes that make all the difference. It’s people, working together to make a better experience, a better world. Technology alone isn’t the key to the future, it’s how we as people use that technology.


Attendees - Event Information and Registration

Exhibitor Prospectus and Kit


Apr 15   

8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Delegate and Exhibitor Registration  

8 a.m.-3 p.m. xhibitor Set-Up  

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. AAAE Accreditation Final Interviews  

 8:30-9:45 a.m. AAAE Chapter Meetings  

10:15 a.m.-12 p.m. AAAE Executive Business Meeting (open to all AAAE Airport Members)  

9 a.m.-12 p.m. AAAE Accreditation/Certification Multiple Choice Exam  

10:15 a.m.-12 p.m. AAAE Executive Business Meeting (open to all AAAE Airport Members)  

10:45-11:45 a.m. AAAE Academic/Student Chapters Workshop (all delegates welcome)
  12-1 p.m. Lunch for Airport and Academic Members Only  

12-1:30 p.m. AAAE Corporate Committee Meeting  

1:15-2:45 p.m. AAAE Committee Meetings 

1:30-2:30 p.m. Airport Board Members and Commissioners Session  

2-3 p.m. Exhibitors Meeting  

2-3 p.m. First-Time Conference Attendee Orientation Session Make the most of your first annual conference. There are multiple opportunities for networking, education, and exploring the trade show floor - we'll point you in the right direction!  

2:45-3:15 p.m. AAAE Academic/Student Chapters Workshop  

2:45-3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break  

3:15-4:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions  

5-6:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Welcome Reception  

5-6:30 p.m. AAAE Silent Auction Open

Apr 16   

7:30 a.m.-5 .m. Delegate and Exhibitor Registration  

7:30-9 a.m. AAAE Committee Meetings   

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open  

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. AAAE Silent Auction Open  

8-9 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors  

8:30-10 a.m. AAAE Academic/Student Chapters Workshop
9-10 a.m. Refreshment Break with Exhibitors  

9-9:20 a.m. Innovation Theater Presentations   

9:40-10 a.m. Innovation Theater Presentations   

10:15-11 a.m. Official Conference Opening Ceremonies  

11 a.m.-12 p.m. General Session I  

12-1 p.m. Lunch with Exhibitors

Sponsored by: Ricondo & Associates, Inc.

12-1:15 p.m. Student Research Project Contest
12-2 p.m. International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE) Board of Directors Meeting  

12-3:30 p.m. Visit with Exhibitors and Hall Activities  

1:20-1:40 p.m. Innovation Theater Presentations   

1:30-3 p.m. AAAE Academic/Student Chapters Workshop  

2-2:20 p.m. Innovation Theater Presentations   

2:30-3 p.m. Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

Sponsored by: C&S Companies

2:40-3 p.m. Innovation Theater Presentations   

3:30-5 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Sponsored by: Woolpert, Yardi

 6-8:30 p.m. Monday Night Event

Hosted by: San Diego International Airport

Apr 17   

8 a.m.-2 p.m. Delegate and Exhibitor Registration  

8 a.m.-2 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open 

8 a.m.-1 p.m. AAAE Silent Auction Open  

8-9 a.m.Breakfast with Exhibitors

Sponsored by: T.Y. Lin International

8-9:30 a.m. AAAE Committee Meetings  

9-10 a.m. U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA) General Membership Meeting  

9-10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break   

9-10:30 a.m. AAAE Academic/Student Chapters Workshop  

10-10:20 a.m. Innovation Theater Presentations   

10:30-11:45 a.m.General Session II

Sponsored by: Smiths Detection

12-5 p.m. AAAE Academic/Student Chapter Workshop   

12-1 p.m. Lunch with Exhibitors  

12:20-12:40 p.m. Innovation Theater Presentations   

1-1:20 p.m. Innovation Theater Presentations   

1-4 p.m. Airport Tour  

2-6 p.m. Exhibit Teardown and Move Out  

2:30-4 p.m. Concurrent Sessions  

4:15-5:30 p.m. General Aviation Airports Interactive Workshop  

5:30-6:30 p.m. General Aviation Airports Networking Reception

Apr 18   

7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Delegate Registration



7:45-8:45 a.m.

AAAE Executive Business Breakfast and AAAE Corporate Cup Presentation
(All delegates welcome)



9-10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions 



9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

AAAE Academic/Student Chapters Workshop 



10:30-11 a.m.

Refreshment Break



11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions



12:30-2:30 p.m.

AAAE Awards Luncheon



2:45-3:15 p.m.

AAAE Board of Directors/Policy Review Committee Meeting 



5:30-6:30 p.m.

Chair's Reception



6:30-8:45 p.m.

90th Annual Conference Final Banquet
Hosted by: San Diego International Airport



8:45-10:15 p.m.

Dessert Reception

Keynote Speakers

Simon Sinek

Author of Four best-selling books, including Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last

Monday Keynote Speaker

General Session I | Monday, April 16, 2018 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

An unshakable optimist, Simon Sinek believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Simon is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

Keller Rinaudo

Founder and CEO Zipline

Hear from one of Fortune's “Most Creative People in Business” as he presents the Tuesday Keynote

General Session II | Tuesday, April 17 | 10:30-11:45 a.m.

As Founder and CEO of Zipline, Keller Rinaudo manages a team of roughly 30 aerospace and software engineers based in San Francisco who are working to build and deploy drones that deliver life-saving medical supplies to those in need. Zipline, which Keller launched in 2016, is a revolutionary healthcare startup rapidly changing the face of medicine in remote parts of the world.

Rinaudo will discuss the growing vacuum for innovation in developing parts of the world, the ways in which he worked around a lack of infrastructure and how that actually encouraged his team to think outside the box, how to identify a truly revolutionary idea, and present opportunities for non-profits and for-profit businesses alike to test and grow new ventures, or rethink the current uses of technology in the developing world. Attendees will be inspired by this forward-looking presentation as Rinaudo addresses the future of innovation.

Bradley D. Tilden

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Alaska Air Group, Inc.

Hear from one of Fortune's Top 50 Corporate Leaders in America

AAAE Luncheon | Wednesday, April 18 | 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Gain insight on the Alaska Air/Virgin America merger, state of the airline industry, and infrastructure investment at the AAAE Luncheon. Brad Tilden serves as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air and Virgin America. The combined airlines have 20,000 employees, 279 aircraft and fly to 115 destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Under his leadership, Alaska Airlines has been named Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years, and has also consistently ranked among the nation’s most profitable airlines..

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